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Most Craigslist posting categories accept up to eight images in each ad. Before you scavenge your hard drive for every photo you ever shot that includes the used bike or sofa you're trying to sell, remember that more images don't always make a better ad. Five blurry shots of the bike's rear wheel or your cousin sitting on the sofa arm don't give your ad the same sales power as a few clearly focused, well-composed photos that show important features of your item. Upload your best image first to take advantage of the "Pic View" feature that displays a zoomable thumbnail representation on search results and category lists. This thumbnail enlarges when a site visitor's cursor hovers over it.
If you're concerned about exposing your personal email address to anyone who reads your Craigslist ad, either set up a throwaway email account on a free site such as Yahoo or Gmail, or take advantage of Craigslist's Anonymize feature. Activate the "Anonymize" radio button while you're creating your ad and Craigslist will create an ad-specific email address through which it forwards all replies to your actual address. Your real address shows up on any replies you send to the people who contact you through anonymized replies, so you may prefer to use both the Craigslist feature and a separate email account.
Cashier's checks and money orders may be forged or stolen, even if they look crisply new and authentic, and your bank will demand the return of its funds if you deposit a bogus payment. To cut down on payment fraud, Craigslist advises sellers to require payment in cash and to accept it in person in a public place. Some items don't lend themselves to exchanging goods and money away from your home or office, especially large, heavy, hard-to-move items such as furniture or appliances. Before you let a stranger into your private domain, invite a friend or family member over to provide safety in numbers. To assure that the cash you receive comes from the U.S. Mint, invest in a banknote-testing pen to check for counterfeit bills.
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